Space exploration experts and enthusiasts descend on Washington, D.C. this week for the Humans to Mars Summit 2015, a conference that showcases the latest concepts and ideas for manned missions to Mars. You can watch the conference live from May 5 to May 7, beginning at 9 a.m. ET (1300 GMT) each day, here:
The Humans to Mars Summit is an annual conference organized by Explore Mars, Inc., a group dedicated to the advancing the manned exploration of Mars. Here's a look at today's schedule from the Humans to Mars 2015 website.
May 5, 2015 | Lisner Auditorium
SpaceX Pad Abort Test on Wednesday
The private spaceflight company SpaceX will test the launch escape system for its Dragon crew capsule in a Pad Abort Test on Wednsday, May 6, and you can watch the launch live here. NASA's webcast will begin at 6:35 a.m. ET (1035 GMT), with the launch window opening at 7 a.m. ET (1100 GMT):
SpaceX will launch a prototype of its manned Dragon spaceship on a suborbital trajectory to test its emergency launch abort system. Liftoff is slated for Wednesday, May 7, with the launch window opening at 7 a.m. ET and lasting about seven hours.
From NASA: "The ability to abort from a launch or pad emergency, and safely carry crew members out of harm's way, is a critical element for NASA's next generation of crewed spacecraft. SpaceX will perform the test under its Commercial Crew Integrated Capability (CCiCap) agreement with NASA, but can use the data gathered during the development flight as it continues on the path to certification."
HD Views from the International Space Station
NASA is now live-streaming views of Earth from space captured by four commercial high-definition video cameras installed on the exterior of the International Space Station. The project, known as the High Definition Earth Viewing (HDEV) experiment, aims to test how cameras perform in the space environment. Full Story: NASA Now Streaming Live HD Camera Views of Earth from Space
NASA Satellite TV Information:
NASA TV is available in continental North America, Alaska and Hawaii on AMC-18C. A Digital Video Broadcast (DVB) compliant Integrated Receiver Decoder (IRD) is needed for reception. Below are parameters for each channel:
Uplink provider = AMC 18 C
Transponder = 3C
105 degrees W
Downlink Frequency: 3760 MHz
Downlink Polarity: Vertical
Transmission Format = DVB-S, 4:2:0
FEC = ¾
Data Rate = 38.80 Mbps
Symbol Rate = 28.0681